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Global Ambassadors Program

The Global Ambassadors Program, a partnership between Vital Voices and Bank of America, celebrated five years of mentorship this past month in Charlotte, NC. Businesswomen from the U.S. and around the world paired up with senior women executives for a week of mentoring and training sessions designed to build their leadership skills, organizational management and financial acumen. Interested in joining this groundbreaking initiative? Do you own a business or run a social enterprise or NGO? Applications are now openfor Chicago, from September 11-15!

“From Abdi to Zuckerberg”

Vital Voices network woman Dr. Hawa Abdi received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Harvard’s 366th commencement ceremony. Abdi, alongside of Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, was one of 10 individuals to be honored with an honorary degree.

Macro Trends in Africa

2015 Global Leadership Awards Honoree Kah Walla of Cameroon stopped by the Vital Voices office in Washington, D.C. this month, leading a presentation on macro trends, democracy, leadership and security in Africa. Check in with Kah and other women in our global network of leaders and change-makers.

Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership

Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership mentees wrapped up their mentoring experiences this past week in New York City after a celebratory group dinner featuring Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, Urban Zen founder Donna Karan and Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out this video profile from Fortune Most Powerful Women on this year’s program.

Story of Impact: Amanda Gorman, HERlead

Check out this story of impact shared by 2014 HERlead Fellow Amanda Gorman. Since 2011, over 250 high school girls from across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico have been trained, mentored and inspired to become the next generation of female leaders through the HERlead Fellowship


Over the course of a year, our #AVitalVoice campaign will tell the story of 100 courageous Vital Voices Network women across the globe. The past few weeks we have profiled incredible women such as change-maker elected official Laura Alonso, and  “Mompreneur” activist Mona Tavassoli. Amplifiers such as Tina Brown of Tina Brown Live Media and award winning actress Olivia Wilde have helped share their stories. Be sure to follow along on social media as we amplify their stories!

ICYMI: Celebrating Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day, we celebrated the women who are closest to us. For 20 years, we’ve known what is now a universal truth: when you invest in women, you improve the world. Take a look at how we’re doing it – and how you can help!